Small Relics of a Colossal Disaster

Publisher: 
The New York Times
Date: 
June 10, 2016
Around 9 a.m. on June 15, 1904, an overheated horde of Sunday schoolers, most of them from the Lower East Side’s German-American community, piled onto a 13-year-old paddle-wheel boat, giddy at the thought of a scenic, church-sponsored day trip to Locust Grove Picnic Ground at Eatons Neck on Long Island. Of the 1,358 passengers (mostly women and children) who boarded the General Slocum on that summer morning, only 321 made it back alive. The New-York Historical Society currently houses more than 20 artifacts related to the event and its aftermath, including scrapbooks, the program for the outing, photographs and letters from survivors. Read more…
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